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Will I do what?

post #1 of 33
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I love to share. Today I'm sharing the crazy customer of the week. I had a meeting the other day with a bride and her mother, so far normal right? Okay so the theme of the wedding is rustic, wild flowers, mason jars, shabby chic. After the cake is decided the MOB ask me about the cake stand. I told her I no longer rented my silver stands, so providing the stand was up to them. So here is where is goes a little off the rails. MOB says "oh we want to use a piece of wood, you know like a section from a tree." I say "that has been real popular lately, just make sure it's cut level so the cake won't look like it's leaning." They look at me and MOB says "oh we wanted you to supply that." Me "well mam that's not something I can do, you will need to have someone cut that for you with a chainsaw." Her "but can't you do that?" In most serious face I looked at her and said "they took my chainsaw away, my husband even keeps the butter knifes hid." She just looked at me kinda strange like. Oh well, I booked the wedding anyway.
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post #2 of 33
too cute, you don't supply the tree stump???, lol
post #3 of 33
This was a chance for some easy profit...find someone who can make the stand for you and get a quote, then see if the customer is willing to pay that price plus your markup.
post #4 of 33
They're all over Etsy, I just ordered birch slabs for a cake I'm doing in May. Also check out save-on-crafts.com. They have all different kinds of wood slabs to use as cake stands.
post #5 of 33
Chainsaws aren't that difficult to use, especially if you have a steady hand... icon_biggrin.gif
post #6 of 33
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I mostly thought it was bizarre to ask the person who was making the cake to fire up their chainsaw and chop down a tree. Plus they thought that need to be part of the cake price.

I've seen several of the tree slabs online for a hefty price. The ones I've seen are suited for smaller cakes. The base of her cake was 16 inches, that's pretty good size tree. And if it's a square cake, you need a whole lot bigger tree.

Growing up I've seen my share of trees cut and it ain't easy to get an even section out of a big tree. Ever slab I've set a cake on was whopper dankled to one degree or the other. We have over 100 acres of woods on our property and some big trees but I'm not sawing down a 50 year old tree for anybodies wedding.
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post #7 of 33
LOL!! Some people...
post #8 of 33
"Ever slab I've set a cake on was whopper dankled to one degree or the other."

"Whopper dankled". . . . is that a local saying? I love it!!!

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deborahanne

http://grandmasugarskitchen.blogspot.com/
http://fromlinetocolor.blogspot.ca/

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post #9 of 33
this is so timely for me! Last weekend i saw two BEAUTIFUL and giant slabs of wood that fell out of a truck on the side of the road. One is 20" across and 8" high and the other is an oval on top of 18" x 24" tapering down to a 16" base. also, nearly perfectly level. I strained my back hauling them up and into the back of my SUV--the wood was still pretty green! I'm not sure what the wood is, but it is pretty. Now i need to find a belt sander to level it out and then finish them...and probably hollow out the base to make them lighter! Then i'll have some giant wood cake stands to rent. (and i bet the trend will be over by then )
post #10 of 33
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Oh and I forgot to mention this...it was important that the bark still be one it and intact.

cakeyouverymuch....I'm from way down in the southern united states, we say all sorts of weird things. I got a million of them.

lorieleann, you are blessed. With my luck they would have fallen off the back of the truck and through my windshield.
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post #11 of 33
That is hilarious!
post #12 of 33
To funny. I had the same request. LOL. they must be using the same search site.
But I'm Lucky my brother owns a timer company. icon_lol.gif
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post #13 of 33
I guess this natural thing is all the range . I just made campfire cupcakes for a camping babyshower .
post #14 of 33
[quote="cakelady2266" Ever slab I've set a cake on was whopper dankled to one degree or the other.
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I prefer saying 'whomper-jawed'. It sounds more sophisticated. icon_lol.gif

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Then plug me back in.  See if that works!

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post #15 of 33
carmijok,
whomper-jawed is pretty good, but every southerner worth her grits knows it's catawampus! icon_biggrin.gif
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